Posts in category "English"

Top 6 Randys of TV and Cinema

<strong>#6 Randy "The Macho Man" Savage</strong><br><br> Not only is he a randy savage, but he is also a macho man on top of that. <br><br>Mr. Savage was a household name in the early 90's and It's fair to say that every male between the ages of 25 and 36 has imitated the Macho Man in one way or another- possibly with a flying elbow, an "Oooh Oooh yee--uh", a "Snap into a Slim Jim!" or pointing to your cheek where you want the Lovely Elizabeth to kiss you. In a world filled with randy savages, he was truly a macho man.
While Randy is a pretty common name here in the States it is rarely used for TV and movie characters. It’s possible that producers avoid the name for fear it will alienate British audiences since Randy means something like “amorous” or “frisky” over there, or maybe they avoid naming anyone else Randy because they know... Read more »

6 Web Headline Teasers That Don't Work on me

<strong>This WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!!!</strong><br><br>Predicting that you can blow my mind implies that you know a lot about me. <br><br>But when web headlines promise to blow my mind with 11 facts about asparagus, it implies they don't know me because I don't like trite web headlines.
If a newspaper headline can be imagined as something read aloud by Walter Cronkite to a captive audience, then a web headline could be  analogous to something yelled out by a  carnival barker; an enticing-yet-veiled promise for all at the carnival to come have a closer look. Then by the time you have a closer... Read more »

How Jimmy Buffett and Master P. use the Same 11 Words Very Differently in Their Lyrics

How Jimmy Buffett and Master P. use the Same 11 Words Very Differently in Their Lyrics
While listening to, “Only Time Will Tell“, by Jimmy Buffett song, I was reminded of a Master P song called “Only Time Will Tell“, so I amused myself by singing the Master P verse to the music of the Buffett song. What made it funny to me, was how different these artists are and how... Read more »
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10 Other Times We Kicked England's Ass Since the Revolutionary War

10 Other Times We Kicked England's Ass Since the Revolutionary War
July, 4th celebrates our Independence from England and we all know how we gained that independence- by kicking England’s ass. That’s the whole reason we actually celebrate Independence Day (e.g. fireworks, grilling, drinking)  instead of merely observing it like we do Memorial Day (e.g. grilling, drinking) or Veteran’s Day (e.g. grilling, drinking) or Flag Day... Read more »

I Thought of Another Triple Entendre

I Thought of Another Triple Entendre
In August of 2011 I thought of a triple entendre and I think I finally thought of another one, seven months later. I hope that my readers who fancy themselves to be triple entendre purists can forgive that one of the plays-on-words is a play on the words sounding alike, but being spelled differently. Here... Read more »

10 Reasons to Pronounce it "JIF", not "GIF"

10 Reasons to Pronounce it "JIF", not "GIF"
In 1987, a Compuserve programmer named Steve Wilhite invented the .GIF file compression format which allowed for color pictures to be sent over the internet much faster than previous compression techniques allowed for. Eventually the .JPEG format became more popular for picture file compression, but the .GIF has recently regained it’s popularity for its ability... Read more »
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Let's Retire the Word,"Evil", Like the Intellectual Grown-ups That we are

Let's Retire the Word,"Evil", Like the Intellectual Grown-ups That we are
Sometimes when a person uses just one word, you can tell a lot about them just because they used that one word.  When I hear someone describing a bruise as a “hematoma” for instance, I reflexively think that person has had some medical training. Similarly, when I hear someone pronounce New Orleans as, “Nawlins”, I... Read more »

4 Played-out Suffixes that put the 'sux' in Suffixes, and 4 'fixes'

4 Played-out Suffixes that put the 'sux' in Suffixes, and 4 'fixes'
Sometimes a once-clever witticism just runs its course, and due to its ubiquity and overuse it just stops being witty and becomes a lazy excuse for originality. If you don’t believe me, it’s probably because you’re a four year old who tells the same joke over and over, again and is still amused. If that... Read more »

11 Words You Hear Only When Paired With a Certain Other Word

11 Words You Hear Only When Paired With a Certain Other Word
The other day someone told me something wasn’t too shabby and I realized that I never hear the word “shabby” unless I am hearing that something is “not too shabby.”. No one ever says something is shabby, and really, I’m not even sure what shabby means because I don’t know what a shab is. That... Read more »
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Vol. III- 11 More Annoying and Overused Phrases Dumb People Say

Vol. III- 11 More Annoying and Overused Phrases Dumb People Say
  In May I wrote a list of 11 phrases I find stupid.  Then I thought of 11 more in August. and I now have another 11. To be sure- I’m not saying these are all cardinal sins of grammar or that my grammar is immaculate (to put it Christianly), but it just so happens these... Read more »